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Last-placed Red Sox fire Bobby Valentine after 47-year disaster

BOSTON, Massachusetts -- Bobby Valentine has been fired by the last-place Boston Red Sox, after managing the team to their worst record in 47 years, the Major League Baseball club announced on Thursday.

The veteran skipper was let go after just one season with Boston, who finished last in the American League East Division.

The Red Sox had 69 wins and 93 losses, the worst for the storied franchise since a 62-100 mark in 1965.

“Our 2012 season was disappointing for many reasons,” said Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington on Thursday. “No single issue is the reason, and no single individual is to blame.”

Valentine had one year remaining on the contract he signed last year.

Before he took the position with the Red Sox, Valentine hadn't managed in the majors since 2002.

After the club's meltdown in September 2011, in which a 7-20 record denied the team a playoff spot, the Red Sox let go Terry Francona, then hired Valentine hoping that he would be able to turn the team around.

Boston started the season with four wins and 10 losses, and the team never gained traction and missed the postseason for the third consecutive season.

“This season was by far the worst we have experienced in over 10 years here,” Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner said. “Ultimately, we are all collectively responsible for the team's performance. We are going to be working tirelessly to reconstruct the ballclub for 2013. We'll be back.”

Valentine, who won the Japan World Series title as a manager in 2005, has an overall Major League Baseball record of 1,186-1,165. He took the New York Mets to the North American World Series in 2000.

“I understand this decision,” said Valentine. “This year in Boston has been an incredible experience for me, but I am as disappointed in the results as are ownership and the great fans of Red Sox Nation.

“It was a privilege to be part of the 100-year anniversary of Fenway Park and an honor to be in uniform with such great players and coaches. My best to the organization. I'm sure next year will be a turnaround year.”

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